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March 25, 2016

SC medic 'doing well' after head-on ambulance crash

FLORENCE, S.C. — The family of a paramedic who sustained life-threatening injuries after the ambulance she was in was struck by a drunk driver has released an update on her condition. reported Tessie Odom Smith has had five surgeries and is still in the ICU since the crash earlier this month. She lost her right leg as the result of the collision.

"My family is so thankful and cannot find the words to thank everyone," the family's statement read. "She still has a long way to go and we know your prayers and love will get her to the finish line."

Odom Smith has been removed from a ventilator and is breathing on her own. Her family said her fractures have been addressed and repaired.

Joshua Craig, the EMT who was in the ambulance with Odom Smith at the time of the crash, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with DUI and driving on a suspended license.